Searching for Sisterhood: Friendship and Sorority Culture in Tajuana Butler’s Sorority Sisters

Journal article
(Online publication)


Publication Details

Author(s): Gerund K
Journal: Black Studies Papers
Publisher: Universität Bremen
Publication year: 2016
Volume: 2
Journal issue: 1
Pages range: 77-98
ISSN: 2198-7920
Language: English


Abstract


This essay examines Tajuana Butler’s Sorority Sisters (1998) regarding its portrayal of friendship, sisterhood, and sorority culture. The novel conceptualizes ‘sisterhood’ as a fictive kinship structure and emphasizes the empowering potential of friendship among women. It fully embraces sorority culture and presents pledging as a ‘social drama’ in all its facets. Overall, Sorority Sisters provides an intervention into dominant representations of sorority life and black femininity. Yet, this intervention hinges on a discursive system of control shaped by conventional femininity and an uncritical affirmation of the ideology, practices, and significance of sororities.



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Gerund, Katharina Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Amerikanistik, insbesondere nordamerikanische Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft


How to cite

APA:
Gerund, K. (2016). Searching for Sisterhood: Friendship and Sorority Culture in Tajuana Butler’s Sorority Sisters. Black Studies Papers, 2(1), 77-98.

MLA:
Gerund, Katharina. "Searching for Sisterhood: Friendship and Sorority Culture in Tajuana Butler’s Sorority Sisters." Black Studies Papers 2.1 (2016): 77-98.

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